Raritan Valley Community College has received national recognition for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, diversity initiatives, faculty scholarship, student projects and more.
Ranked Top Community College in NJ
RVCC has been given top honors by BestColleges.com, WalletHub.com, and Niche.com in their annual lists of best colleges. All three websites have ranked RVCC as the best community college in New Jersey. BestColleges.com also ranked RVCC #10 in its list of “Best Online Community Colleges for 2018.” In addition, Zippia, a website dedicated to helping recent grads with their career choices, has ranked RVCC has the best community college in New Jersey for getting a job.
Lauded for Adult Education
Washington Monthly has ranked RVCC eighth in the country in the category of “Best Colleges for Adult Learners - 2 Year Colleges.” It’s the second year in a row that Washington Monthly has ranked the College in the top 10 in this category.
President’s Community Service Honor Roll
In recognition of the College’s leadership role in serving the community, RVCC was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll “With Distinction.” RVCC was the only U.S. community college recognized “With Distinction” in the Education category and was one of only two colleges in NJ, and the only community college in NJ, recognized “With Distinction” in the General Community Service category.
Student Honored as Newman Civic Fellow
Amber Lindsay, an Environmental Science major, has been named a 2018 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. Recognized for her commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing communities, Lindsay is one of 268 students from across the country selected for this honor.
College Honored by National Diversity Publication
RVCC was honored in September 2018 with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. RVCC was the only New Jersey college or university to be honored this year. This marks the fifth time RVCC has received the HEED Award.
Sustainability Efforts Recognized
In 2017 RVCC became the first two-year institution of higher education in the country to reach carbon neutrality, which is defined as having no net emissions after minimizing the carbon footprint as much as possible and offsetting the remaining emissions. For the fourth year in a row, RVCC also was lauded for its campus sustainability efforts by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Athletes Earn National Rankings
RVCC’s women’s volleyball team became the first team in the College’s history—of any sport—to place in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s National Top 10 Rankings in October 2018. The RVCC women’s volleyball team was ranked 10th in the national classification. The men’s cross country team reached #4 overall in National Rankings, the highest ranking of any team in the College’s history.
Professor Lauded by National Honor Society
Professor Sara Banfield, co-advisor of RVCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, was selected by the national honor society as one of 30 chapter advisors, advisors emeriti, and alumni to serve as Faculty Scholars. Dr. Banfield is one of only two people from New Jersey community colleges selected for this honor.
Students’ Work Highlighted at National Engineering Conference
Work by RVCC Engineering and Visual Communication majors was recognized on a national level at the American Society of Engineering Education’s (ASEE-NE) Northeast Section Conference. Recognized were student Esther Hiamang, RVCC Engineering Professor Peter Stupak, RVCC’s Authentic Engineering Experience Team and Visual Design Professor Darren McManus' Visual Design class.